Derek Trent

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Derek Trent
Tiffany Vise & Derek Trent - 2006 Skate Canada.jpg
Vise & Trent in 2006.
Personal information
Country represented  United States
Born (1980-03-21) March 21, 1980 (age 37)
Knoxville, Tennessee
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Former partner Tiffany Vise
Brandi Sandoval
Stacey Pensgen
Katie Gadkowski
Former coach Doug Ladret
Irina Vorobieva
Former choreographer Doug Ladret
Catarina Lindgreen
Julie Patterson
Skating club Broadmoor SC
Retired April 30, 2009
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 165.76
2007 Trophée Eric Bompard
Short program 56.06
2007 Trophée Eric Bompard
Free skate 109.70
2007 Trophée Eric Bompard

Derek Trent (born March 21, 1980) is an American retired competitive pair skater. He competed for most of his career with Tiffany Vise. On November 17, 2007, Vise and Trent landed the first clean throw quadruple salchow jump in international competition.[1] They officially became the first team to perform that element in international competition.[2][3]

Because Vise spun and jumped in the clockwise direction and Trent in the counter-clockwise direction, they were a mirror pair.

On April 30, 2009, Trent announced his retirement from competitive figure skating.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Derek Trent was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. He began skating at age eight and moved to Colorado Springs at age ten in order to train.

Trent graduated from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 2002 with a degree in business with a minor in Spanish. He currently attends the MBA program at that university. Trent works as a coach. He is certified as a judge on the national level.

Trent speaks fluent Spanish.


He originally competed in ice dancing with Eve Chalom, with whom he competed on the Intermediate level and won the bronze medal at Junior Nationals in 1993. He also competed at Junior Nationals with his sister Kelli Trent, also in ice dancing. Derek Trent also briefly competed as a single skater.

Trent began pair skating as a teenager and was coached by Irina Vorobieva. He competed on the novice and junior levels with Katie Gadkowski, winning the Novice pewter in 1998 and the Junior pewter in 1999. He then competed with Brandilyn Sandoval, with whom he won the bronze medal on the junior level at the 2001 Nationals. When that partnership broke up, he skated with former-singles skater Stacey Pensgen. They placed 14th at the 2003 U.S. Championships and split shortly thereafter.

Trent teamed up with Tiffany Vise in the summer of 2003.[5] They had skated for years at the same rink and her partnership had ended at the same time. Because they were both partnerless, they tried out together, despite the fact that they rotate in opposite directions, which is usually a partnership-killer. Very few teams at the highest level rotate in opposite directions because it makes elements like pair spins and twists much more difficult, due to the fact that one partner will have to "force" him- or herself to rotate in the "wrong" direction in order to complete the element (Vise spun his way on twist lifts). They represented the Broadmoor Skating Club.

Vise and Trent won the bronze medal at their first major event together, the Golden Spin of Zagreb. Beginning in the 2006/2007 season, Vise and Trent began attempting the throw quadruple salchow in competition. They were credited for the element at the 2006 Skate Canada International, but not with landing it, because it was fully rotated but not landed successfully.[6]

They began the 2007–2008 season at Skate Canada, where they placed 5th. They went on to the 2007 Trophée Eric Bompard, where they successfully landed a throw quadruple salchow in their free skate, becoming the first pair team to ever perform that element in international competition.


(with Vise)

Season Short program Free skating
  • Heroes
    by William Joseph
  • Return with Honor
    by William Joseph
  • Les Misérables

Competitive highlights[edit]

With Vise[edit]

Event 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09
Four Continents 8th
GP Bompard 4th 5th
GP Skate America 6th
GP Skate Canada 5th 5th 5th
Nebelhorn Trophy 5th
Karl Schafer 3rd
Golden Spin 3rd
U.S. Champ. 13th 9th 6th 5th 4th 8th
Midwestern Sect. 2nd 1st 1st
GP = Grand Prix

With Pensgen[edit]

Event 2002–2003
U.S. Championships 14th

With Sandoval[edit]

Event 2000–2001
JGP China 5th
U.S. Championships 3rd J.
JGP = Junior Grand Prix
J. = Junior level

With Gadkowski[edit]

Event 1997–1998 1998–1999
JGP Hungary 10th
U.S. Championships 4th N. 4th J.
JGP = Junior Grand Prix
Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior

Singles career[edit]

Event 1995–1996
U.S. Championships 11th N.
N. = Novice level


  1. ^ "2007 Trophee Eric Bompard Pairs Free Skating Protocol" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-02-16.  (72.4 KB)
  2. ^ ISU : Full Story
  3. ^ "International Skating Union Media Advisory". Archived from the original on 2009-02-14. 
  4. ^ "Vise, Trent End Competitive Partnership". Icenetwork. April 30, 2009. 
  5. ^ Mittan, Barry (December 12, 2005). "Vise and Trent Start Strong in 2006". SkateToday. 
  6. ^ "2006 Skate Canada Protocol" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-10-01.  (77.0 KB)
  7. ^ "Tiffany VISE / Derek TRENT: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 9, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Tiffany VISE / Derek TRENT: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 4, 2008. 
  9. ^ "Tiffany VISE / Derek TRENT: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 29, 2007. 
  10. ^ "Competition Results: Tiffany VISE / Derek TRENT". International Skating Union. 

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